Haffner never quit in his match, even though he lost to Staton, 17-8.  Here he continues his hard work. Photo by Bill Bentson.
Haffner never quit in his match, even though he lost to Staton, 17-8. Here he continues his hard work. Photo by Bill Bentson.
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Freshman Hank Friederichs took fifth and junior Justin Viss took sixth at the 2012 State Wrestling Tournament. Sophomore Alex Haffner lost his first match at 'the big dance' and was eliminated from competition because the wrestler that beat him, lost his next match.

Friederichs also lost his first match to Mitchell McKee (#2), Kimball, 7-0, but McKee went on to take second place at 106 lbs., thus keeping Friederichs in the tournament. Hank had wins over Jordan Engler (KMS, 3-0), Cody Hanson (St. James, 7-2) and Zach Scott (Holdingford, 7-0, for fifth place). He lost to Joey Majerus (Z-M, 6-0) in his bid to get into the third place match. Majerus did take third place in the tournament.

Viss got a pin in his first match against Colin Kragenbring (ACGC, 1:19) and then lost to Tyler Schlosser (Parkers Prairie, 8-2) in the quarter-finals. Moving into the consolation matches he got wins over Devon Wolle (St. James, 1:49) and Dustin Waytashek (Pierz, 6-0), before losing to Christopher Zimmer (WHA/Nevis, 8-1). In the fifth/sixth place match Justin lost to Brent Jaenisch (MACCRAY/RCW), 9-5.

Alex lost his first round match to Morgan Staton, Benson, 17-8. Alex said, "I could have done better, but still happy that he got to the state meet. I was a little nervous. I plan on getting stronger and faster, especially if I plan on getting back here again." He's going to be going to camps and a lot of practice on his own.

Justin said he was "satisfied with the way he wrestled. I wanted to get to the state and I did that," he said. "I'm going to be lifting a lot of weights in the off season and wrestling in my barn with Troy (Coach Johnson), Sam Fryer, and others," he added.

Hank said, "yea, I'm pretty happy. I plan on lifting weights and do a lot of free-style stuff. My goal this year was to win the section and finish in the top six at the state." He got fifth, so satisfying half the goals isn't too bad.

Congratulations to Hank, Alex and Justin on their accomplishments at the state meet, and congratulations to all the Gopher wrestlers on a great season.

In addition to, 'just plain wrestling," the Chatfield wrestling team received an Academic Gold Medal from the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association, compiling a 3.69 Grade Point Average (GPA). Great job guys!